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It’s been nearly six months since the historic flooding in southeast Louisiana. Since then, Congress has authorized $1.6 billion for the state to help people repair homes and businesses. But that’s well short of the estimated $8 billion in damage done. Wallis Watkins spoke with some flood survivors trying to navigate the recovery process.

The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Under-Prepare For Disasters examines human behavior and disaster preparedness, trying to answer the question: why, with our ability to forsee and protect against natural catastrophes, do humans fail to protect ourselves and our communities from disaster? WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard spoke to co-author Robert Meyer about how humans can overcome the psychological hurdles to disaster preparedness.

Sue Lincoln

Lawmakers head to Baton Rouge today, for the 6:30 p.m. convening of a special legislative session. As they do so, they might want to take note of the new University of New Orleans Survey Research poll, conducted last week.

“People are aware of what’s going on. They are paying attention,” UNO’s Dr. Ed Chervenak says of the statewide survey, which he supervised.

S. Lincoln

After nearly a year of focus groups and public meetings, the Louisiana Department of Education is releasing its final version of the state’s ESSA plan the end of this month.


Sue Lincoln

“When will the federal decision in Alton Sterling be issued? I do not know, as that decision will be made by federal authorities,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says.

The D.A. called a press conference Wednesday to release a report of his own, prompted in part by the public concerns over the Alton Sterling shooting last July.


Wallis Watkins

Governor John Bel Edwards has released his plan for cutting $304 million from this fiscal year’s budget.

The Governor has called for $119 million of that deficit to be filled with money from the Rainy Day Fund. Addressing the Louisiana Municipal Association Tuesday, he explained that money is there to help stabilize the budget. 


Suing for the Defense

Feb 7, 2017
SPLC video "Injustice"

“Everybody needs somebody to fight for them, and just because I’m poor doesn’t mean I need to be treated any different,” says Joseph Allen.

He one of the plaintiffs in a class-action suit against Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Indigent Defender Board, filed Monday in state District Court in Baton Rouge. It is challenging the way the state funds public defenders.


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“I’m the last person that really wants a special session. My life is actually easier when you-all are not in session,” Governor John Bel Edwards told the Joint Budget Committee ten days ago.

Yet despite the reservations of most everyone involved, the governor has issued the call for a special session to deal with the current year shortfall.

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Law enforcement in Louisiana’s two largest cities is under pressure – in New Orleans, it’s pressure from the top down, while in Baton Rouge it’s coming from the bottom up.

State Attorney General Jeff Landry has gone on the warpath against crime in New Orleans.

Wallis Watkins

With golden-bladed shovels, Governor John Bel Edwards, much of the Baton Rouge area legislative delegation and officials with Our Lady of the Lake broke ground Tuesday for a new emergency room for north Baton Rouge.


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